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Bonnie Bassler

  • American scientist
  • Born 1962

Bonnie Lynn Bassler (born 1962) is an American molecular biologist who discovered chemical communication between bacteria known as quorum sensing, as well as the idea that disruption of chemical signaling can be used as an antimicrobial therapy. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor at Princeton University and in the Department of Molecular Biology with a research focus in cell-to-cell communication in bacteria. She has received numerous awards for this paradigm-changing scientific research, including the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (2009), the Richard Lounsbery Award (2011), and the L’Oreal-UNESCO award (2012), a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), and the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize (2016).


Bacteria mineralized the rocks; they deposited the iron. They made the geology we see.



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